Thursday, 6 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
It is important for me to be fit mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money. I feel that it is one of the biggest misconceptions. I see people spend a lot of money on unnecessary supplements, gadgets, cleanses, apparel, and more. At the end of the day it is not what you own that will give you a healthier life, it is the hard work, dedication and patience you put into having and living a healthier life.
I enjoy having new workout clothes, who doesn’t? But I make sure that I shop smart when purchasing my attire as well as groceries. Pictured are new Nike sportsbras to my collection, each retail at $25 and $35. I only paid $4.97 each! :) How you may ask? I shop at Nike outlets, Nordstrom Rack, etc and make sure to always look at the clearance racks. You cannot imagine how many amazing deals I have found! I have been able to purchase Nike Flyknits for $85, normally retailed at $160+ tax. I love saving money!
I wanted to blog about this to help people realize that there is much more to fitness than what you wear and what you own. Yes it looks really cute to have the latest outfits but at the end of the day you have to put in the work in order to reach your goals. If you notice on my IG I tend to wear the same things often, lol. It’s because I literally just put on whatever’s clean and head out. I’m not the girl who goes to the gym to look cute, I’m the girl who goes to the gym to better herself and who doesn’t care if she’s color coordinated or not. Side note, ladies please tie up your hair when you work out. :)
I don’t care for the newest trends such as cleanses or tea diets or diets in general. I feel like those are great marketing techniques because they know how much people are willing to pay for them. But think about this, what happens when you finish that diet or that cleanse? You will need to purchase more unless you have truly been able to transition. Living a healthy lifestyle is not for a few weeks or a month until you need to be in a bikini, it is a life long journey. Do not think of it as
dieting and exercising, instead think of it as eating and training. I feel like the term diet and exercise have turned into a negative connotation and people feel like it is a chore. “Ugh I have to go to the gym today.” When you transition and want to live a healthier life you will say “I want to go to the gym today.” It really is a mental and emotional transition more than anything, it will take time but if you stay persistent and dedicated..it will happen.
At the end of it all, do it for yourself and do it for your health. It truly is your biggest form of wealth.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Monday, 3 March 2014
I have gotten a handful of questions regarding abs and how to flatten one’s stomach so I wanted to create a post that will answer all of them in one.
Keys to a flat stomach/getting rid of the pooch:
-Exercise, healthy eating, and drinking water.
Plain and simple everyone. There is no big secret to it :) Abs are made in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym. I am a firm believer in that statement and will always relate back to this quote. I did not always have a flat stomach, heck I will be honest I had a pooch which was not cute. Overall my body was average but I had zero definition in my stomach even though I went to the gym often. The reason for that was because I did not have healthy eating habits. I would work out yet eat whatever I wanted because I had the mindset “I deserve to eat whatever I want because I work out”. Boy was I wrong!
I finally started seeing definition in my stomach when I changed my eating habits, it wasn’t easy going from eating burgers and fries to grilled chicken and brown rice but it honestly has been worth it. I started to realize that my body is a temple and that I need to nourish it with foods that will benefit me for the long run and not just foods that will satisfy my taste buds.
Doing a thousand sit ups at the gym will not give you a flat stomach/abs if you are eating pizza, fried chicken, cakes, and drinking alcohol every weekend. Cravings and temptations are hard and I have yo-yo’ed a lot, transitioning to healthier eating habits will take time, practice and patience but it will be worth it once you are able to control it.
So all in all, eat clean and train mean my friends!
Anonymous said: Hi Anne! i need your help! i am struggling with gaining weight. i work 6 days a week, about 8 hours a day. work is draining all my energy out and i am having trouble finding the time to eat because of the kind of work i do and when i get home, all i wanna do is sleep. Help please! tips on anything and maybe supplements and shake that will make me gain or bring some appetite in. thanks!
Hi! Gaining weight is honestly just as hard as losing weight. It takes an active lifestyle, healthy eating habits and patience. My advice for you is to meal prep and bring snacks to work. I understand where you are coming from with being busy at work. I remember days at my corporate job I would forget to eat or wouldn’t eat until afternoon because I was so busy. The key is to not find the time but to make the time. Work is work but you need to also remember to make your health a priority. When you get home and you’re tired, it would help a lot if you had meals ready so that you can eat and then relax before sleeping. Protein shakes and weight gainer will help you with weight increase but if you need to incorporate that with exercise and healthy eating. With increasing the appetite, you need to simply start exercising and eating more. Trust me, you will start finding yourself being hungry all the time! When you do not eat for long periods of time, your metabolism is not working therefore you do not feel hunger or have an appetite. If you are working out and eating small meals throughout the day, you will rev up your metabolism.
Please make the time for yourself to eat, you will have more energy, gain an appetite and hopefully gain the weight that you desire.
Anonymous said: Could you post a picture of all of your gym shoes? Do you like flyknits?
Hi there. Here are the photos of my shoes as requested, they are also on my IG account.
Yes I do like Flyknits, I have two pairs: hot pink and grey. I enjoy wearing them, they are extremely comfortable and give me great support. I recommend them for running as well as agility workouts. They do cost a pretty penny though. My recommendation is going to the Nike Outlets because they do go on sale :) The newest edition just came out, if you want the first edition, you can find them for $85 at certain outlets. It sure beats paying $160 for them!
Roshes: I love this style as well because it is comfortable however I would not recommend them if you plan on squatting in them. It has a thick sole which creates an arch. When you squat, it is recommended that you wear a flat shoe. This is why you will see people squatting in chucks or just in their socks.
Free Runs: They are one of my favorite pairs to wear to the gym or just to wear if I am going to be on my feet all day. They are comfortable and is not too tight or loose on my feet.
Nike Trainers: I have the volt green colorway and what I love about this shoe is that it thin and allows me to be agile in my movements. I am also able to squat in these because it has a thinner sole. The only thing that I do not like is the shape of the tongue, it digs into the front of my ankles. Whenever I wear these I am wearing mid calf length socks.
Overall, I LOVE Nike footwear. It provides me with the comfort and support that I need during training. Each shoe has its benefits and if I had to choose just one I would plead the fifth. Lol.
Good morning and happy Monday everyone!
I decided to make my Twitter account: @annephung public. It’s mostly about working out, food and other random things in my life. I am working on posting more videos and tutorial like posts, stay tuned! :)
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Anonymous said: How do you lift everyday and recover from sore muscles?
Hello there. I am a very strong believer in pre/post self care which means that I take the time to stretch and foam roll my body before and after I work out. Days where I know I am going to have a heavy lift day I make sure that I spend extra time on the desired area, especially leg day. When I lift I target certain muscle groups per day, grouping as follows:
I also take a protein shake right after my workout session, I recommend taking it immediately-15 mins post workout for efficiency. There are days when it is extremely painful to get out of bed and simply walk (post leg day) but it is honestly all worth it. Better sore than sorry ;) Invest in a foam roller! It is seriously a lifesaver!!!
Hope my tips help,
Anonymous said: Hi, Anne! Congratulations on your recent crowning for Miss Vietnam! You probably get this a lot, but you are truly inspirational- not just in your fitness, but your personality. I can tell that you are an incredibly hard worker and strive toward your goals. You are caring, uplifting, and a motivation to others. I'm also Vietnamese and am proud to say that you represent a part of our community and culture in all that you do. Thank you for being an inspiration to me! P.s. You looked beautiful! :)
Hi! First off I am sorry for the delayed reply! Thank you very much for the kind words, I truly appreciate them :) I am thankful that I am able to reach out to young women in our community! The kind feedback that I have received inspires me to keep striving towards my goals<3
Anonymous said: Hi Anne, what would be a short but yet affective advice you would give to young American-Vietnamese girls who are contemplating about joining the Viet pageant for 2015? & congrats on becoming queen!
Hi there. I genuinely feel that the Miss Vietnam of Southern California pageant is one of the best life experiences that I have gone through. It is so much more than a pageant, it is an eye opening journey that allows you to learn about the Vietnamese culture and yourself as a young woman. I have been given opportunities that I never thought would happen and I was able to share my passion to the world. I have never felt more connected to my Vietnamese culture, this pageant makes me want to learn how to speak Vietnamese better so that I could pass it along to my children. I honestly am just filled with so much pride and happiness due to participating in this pageant! :) Even if I didn’t win the crown, I would’ve been happy because I came out a better person after this journey and have made lifelong friends and memories. I highly suggest you coming out to the mixer at the end of the year for the 2015 pageant! I will be there!!